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1870 (Mil Ochocientos Setenta)



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3 stars This is the first album of this curious, original Mexican experimental chamber quartet named 1870, who come from the city of Querétaro, and whose members are experienced in some other projects such as orchestra, so the talent is inherent in them. The name of this debut album is "Mitos de una resurrección", which contains 6 tracks and a total time of 54 of avant-garde music, inspired by literature and writers such as Guy de Maupassant.

"Puerta abierta" opens the album, here we can appreciate some horns talking with an oboe, they keep their talk for three minutes and then the electronic effects appear and change a little but the direction of the song, so a new passage is implemented now, with some kind of dark and somber atmosphere. "Canto primero (quiera el cielo)" starts when vocals enter for the first time, this is Gustavo Albarrán with a pitched voice that may scare you, he repeats the same phrase over and over, and first seems to be lost without a goal, but later where oboe and drums enter they seem to be packing a new fate, building some colorful structures based on the poem of life. At half the song the voice returns but now with a "normal" tone, though the scary feeling continues.

"Mitos de una resurrección" is the longest composition here with almost 13 minutes length. In this track we can listen to a more participative use of electronics, they put the nervousness and mark the path as a foreground, here the background is made by the horns at least in the first 4 minutes, because later the roles are inverted and electronics become just the facade. "El ceremonial" is my favorite track, its repetitive "rhythm" is actually mesmerizing, hypnotic and disturbing at the same time; it is obvious you have to be in the mood to listen to this, otherwise you will skip it after a minute. Though it is not a horror movie soundtrack, it could enter in this scary category where your nerves are moved and you cannot do anything but be alert to whatever it would happen. It is cool how music can mark your mood. Wonderful track, excellent implement of winds and lovely repetitive electronix.

"Canto Segundo (Allí, en un bosquecillo)" starts with Gustavo Albarrán declaiming a fragment of poetry for some seconds, then his voice vanishes and a repetitive dark beat appears, while horns enter all of a sudden every given period. The music is not easy to dig, actually in moments it can be truly difficult so you may get bored, I have to be honest that I had to listen to it at least 3 times in order to understand a little bit of its essence, which in fact, is poetry transformed (or merged) in music. The last song is "Una vendetta" which has probably the darkest sound, the feeling is disturbing and somber most of the time, the horns sound even grim in some moments. The music flows and the chaos transcends until it finishes.

A very good debut album by this peculiar band, though after several spins I have to say I am more into their second album (Pogo), however their developed sound is worth listening and recommending, mostly to those who like raw and crazy experimental music, with avant and chamber tendencies. My final grade will be three-stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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